July Carter's world is perfect from the back of a horse. From the ground, everything is a complete mess: Her jockey mom ran off for California years ago, her dad always seems more interested in the horses than in her, and the horse July wants for herself will never be hers.
Even though the New York racing circuit has taught her not to get attached, July can't help connecting with Kali, a hopeless filly that refuses to run when it counts. When bankruptcy rumors start swirling around the barn, the future is murkier than ever. July can't stand losing one more thing, and Beck, the barn owner's son, knows more about the rumors than anyone else. July will get the truth, even if she has to pry it out of him, for Kali's sake and her own.
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So, So Good!!
- 1-Click Junkie
I felt like I was there, riding alongside July!
The audio is just as good as the print version, but it's hard to say if it's better or not. For people who like switching back and forth, it would be ideal. They are easy to switch between. And for those who prefer audio, this is a great listen.
There aren't really any books that I could compare this to. Mara does teen horse books better than anyone else I've read.
She brought the characters to life. Having read the print version previously, I wasn't sure if she would match up with what was in my head, but she does! Obviously she really gave July, as the POV main character, life, but I adored her reading of Beck. She got him just right. And Martina! It was just how I would have imagined it. Everyone, really. It was just what I had in my head, given a voice. And it was a nice voice to listen to.
Being a horse girl myself, there were some horsey related scenes that really hit home for me. Hearing it read was even more powerful because Sarah got the emotion just right.
Since I'm not very into audio books, I wasn't sure that I would love this as much listening to it. I was wrong. I loved it just as much listening as I did while reading it. I can never listen to more than an hour or so at once when I have a book on audio, but this one was addictive. I love the story and the narration was so easy to listen to that I never found it frustrating or giving me a headache (which is sometimes what happens when I listen too long). Highly recommended to anyone who wants a horsey book to listen to.